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Sun, 16 Mar 2003
From: Sara Swanson <>
Subject: Robert Edwin Peary

Hello. I am Sara Swanson from Limestone Community High School in Peoria, Illinois. I am writing a paper on the Peary, and am needing assistance. Where did Peary attend college and did his mother follow him there too? Please help if you can. Thank you for you time and patience.
Great grammar " writing a paper on the Peary, and am needing assistance"

All the assistance you need is at your local library.
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 17:46:56 -0800
From: Sara Swanson <>
Russell R.,

I appreciate your sarcasm. I really was asking for assistance to cheat. We are required to con someone on the Internet into writing a personal interview for the paper. I can understand why you have such a low opinion of our student population, knowing that all I wanted was to plagerize. If I wasn't interested in cheating I would have gone to the library (gag me with the card catalog!). Would it honestly have taken me any more time to do the research myself instead of trying to con you into providing written answers to my questions than it did for you to see through my phony comments?

Dear Lil Lass,

Oh, sure, we have teams of bored people sitting around here just waiting to write your paper for you. Of course we would love to be personally interviewed! What an original ploy. How many pages would you like us to author for you?

Russell R.

PS You misspelled plagiarize
From: "The Phillips Family" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003

Dear Sir,
I'm helping my 11 year old daughter with her report on Robert E. Peary for school. We're hoping we'll be able to print copies of your photos for her display. Could you please forward your reply? Thank you.

Sincerely, Mrs. Coreen Phillips
We cannot give permissions to use copyright material to total strangers.

An email address is the equivalent of a payphone. Notice that you want my property but do not state your address, telephone number, etc. You want this permission "on the spot" without planning ahead far enough to even mail us a letter with your signature. Nor do you offer us a copy of the presentation to review, etc.

Would you give your property away to strangers?

Why doesn't your 11 year old simply copy the pages out of library books?
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Navigator of New York
by Wayne Johnston

Amazon banned my first review.
Here is my second try. Anyone who has not read this has no idea how vicious it is. If Janet Vetters (or her trust fund $) ever wrote an anti-Peary novel, this is it.

[1-star ] Upside down history with a vengeance

The anti-Peary and anti-Henson vendetta will spare no expense of time, money or effort to advance their agenda. I'd compare this effort to a novel in which Hitler is the hero and Patton is shown to be a frightened little wimp, so worthless that we end up cheering on Adolph. If seeing history's heros, who made tremendous physical sacrifices, demeaned as if buffoons is your cup of tea then this is your kind of reading. Bravo to Random House for this one, eh?

Why are you writing us for? You're not a moron. This column is for morons. You must be only an idiot.

Actually, thank you very much.

Love the last line, eh?

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"Dear Mr. Robinson, probably are just some fucking bum who can't get a job at freaking gas station..."

"I need this information really bad and fast. Any real web author with as much under his or her belt would act more appropriately ...So my father did some research on you and found a great deal on you..I have even requested permission to use your information from my english teacher..."

From: (Max Mason)
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003
Subject: Re: The Max Mason Editorial

Dear Mr. Robinson,
I don't think it really matters how you get on the internet like webtv, msn, aol or any search engine or meta-search engine if you even know what that is. I am learning how to not plagiarize work, which I think you took the wrong way which I can't see how. Like I said before I need
this information really bad and fast. You asked me for more information and I gave it to you. So after I sent
that I thought that it would end right there but you turned it into some big deal. Any real web author with as much under his or her belt would act more appropriately then to tell a 14 year old to "fuck off" and did what they asked them to do, and you come back with some bad letter
saying how I would drop out of school and be working at a local jack in the box. So my father did some research on you and found a great deal on you. I hope you will read this and reply back in a decent way I would really appreciate it. All that I would expect would be the information or a simple I don't think you are worth giving this infomation to.
Your's truly,
Max Mason

" probably are just some fucking bum who can't get a job at freaking gas station..."

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Sun, 2 Mar 2003 15:55:48 -0800 (PST)
From: (Max Mason)
Russell R.,
I appreciate the compliment about my writng but I thought that you might be some help but I guess I was wrong. I thought that you would be some one that I could get some help from and that I could respect but you probably are just some fucking bum who can't get a job at freaking gas
station, that lives in a dark alley in a card board box, and that just gets local accses from a library. I am no liar. Maybe you don't have Matt's real diary except for that one page that you probably just made up you prick. You probably are not even Russell R. Robinson.
The Honor Roll
Student at AMS


"...I have even requested permission to use your information from my english teacher..."

Dear Mr. Robinson

I have even requested permission to use your information from my english teacher, which she has been teaching us not to plagerize information these past two weeks so that we use our own words for our biography reports and presentation. If you let me use your information I will most likely use it in a direct quote. If you allow me
to use this information please send it to my email address.
sincerely yours,
Max Mason

"Hello? It's called getting an education!"

an essay by Russell R. Robinson

• "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."

• "Experience is a dear teacher, and only fools will learn from no other."

• "They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles."

Benjamin Franklin

I received another one of "Max Mason's emails" today.
No address, phone number, etc. Once upon a time people used what was called "stationary" upon which they wrote letters, placed one in an envelope, a stamp was attached, and then given to a Postal Carrier. But all that took a few minutes, and a reply might take days, so people only asked serious questions or made thoughtful comments indicating they had read the book.

The Postal system
Sending letters was a tradition from long ago when Max Mason was still in diapers—before the Internet was opened to the public in the early 1990's, thereby allowing people to email those who write the books lining the shelves of what Benjamin Franklin valued so highly—a public library. But email changed all of this because it allowed people to email first and think latter—or not think at all. Or not read at all. Scholarship rapidly nose-dived.

A public library
Up until the mid 1990's people went to their local library and actually read the books. But with the advent of email they simply began to whine like babies to the book or website authors in their short, anonymous, email containing a few poorly constructed, ungrammatical sentence with misspelled words. Unlike the writer's stationary of a previous decade, these bare no contact information other than the virtually anonymous "reply to" address.

Don't read—email!
Such petulant demands are sent by students from webTV or AOL accounts. Their subtext may be interpreted as— "Oh, please! Don't force me to read, I want you to read the answer to me! Read to me! Tell me what is in your book by writing it in an email so I can cut and paste it into my school work! Then I can go back to watching TV, hanging out with my friends and/or shopping at the mall."

Soon students with school assignments would head for the Internet instead of the library. Rather than search the card catalog for a physical book they searched for a website about their topic. Then they went straight to the email address of the website. Step two was to request in email the information they would otherwise have to visit a library to obtain, or spend time reading the contents of the website to absorb.

Website authors quickly noticed that:
1) The email sender had not read the content provided on the website. They asked questions that were answered in the site's material, if only they would read it.
2) The email sender actually thought that the authors would do their school work for them.
3) The email sender assumed there were persons reading their email who were obliged to give to them the assistance that their teachers and local librarians were paid to provide.
4) Some clever students wanted to "email interview" the author. This meant that the student (even adult journalists have tried this ploy) would send a list of questions to be answered similar to an essay test.

This last trick is sinister because in some cases the authors original text (email interview text) would be copyrighted in the journalist's magazine article. The emailer would profit from the website author's work.

Even students have tried the "email interview" approach, using a hoped for author's reply in scholarship entries, or a thing called "History Day" to win prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. In one case a "History Day" entrant from California acquired a rare historical item for his "History Day" presentation but never returned it. The value of the stolen item is over $20,000. That will teach that author to trust the email from a student (stranger) and/or "History Day", don't you think? In fact, neither "History Day" nor the school accept any responsibility for this larceny.

Authors quickly learned that:
A) If they did help someone, they would never receive a thank you, or a copy of the completed school assignment for review.
B) That if they acted responsibly by referring the student to their teacher or a library they often received hateful, obscene replies. Some even tried to "mail bomb them" with viruses, or other silly acts of retribution.
C) The best policy was to delete all such email on the first input rather than waste their time as in "A)" or suffering "biting the hand that feeds" as in "B)".

Website authors learned to hit the delete key, no matter how much the "better angels of their nature" wanted to help a stranger. They learned that the really good students would volunteer to share with them their work, and not be a resource wasting educational cheat.

In fact, the good students did share their work—gave something to the author that showed they appreciated the website. In fact, one may assume that the best students never email at all. They simply research their topic in the conventional way and author it themselves as their teachers intended. After all, it is about learning to put ideas into written form; the basis of civilization itself. Or, in today's vernacular "Hello? It's called getting an education."

Russell R. Robinson

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Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003

Dear Sir- I made the tremendous mistake of buying a copy of the Bryce "book" when it first came out- which I deeply regret. I have since corresponded with the author- who did answer my critical letter- by saying- in part- "you are the only person who has contacted me who showed any "liking" of Robert E. Peary..." Yes, indeed- I'm a very proud "fan" of Peary! I'm not only astonished at the hate which is thrown at Peary- but- also AMAZED that on Shackleton seems to get any documentary time on PBS-NOVA- or anywhere else! What is going on?! Pls. folks- let's wake-up- and acknowledge the true and powerful "T.R." superstud HERO- who was ROBERT E. PEARY!!
Thanks! Doug
You are the second person to write us who is not a moron. That is interesting.

We made the same mistake with the same book, only we waited until copies became plentiful on the used market to assure that the author did not receive a royalty.

We were unfortunate to receive an absurdly lengthy email from that author but no one could read it. We replied with— "Millions followed Hitler, you follow a Brooklyn milkman." So much for that noise.

As to Shackelton, well, that is hard to understand. The man was impetuous, foolishly sailed into an icepack where his ship was crushed until it sank. His men ate the dogs, then became a resource draining rescue mission. Why is the man the subject of documentaries? Does this indicate that TV producers consider miserable failure more "exciting" than boring success?
several men in front of a brick
(I believe) pole with the letter N on it.
From: "Mr. Magoo" <>

I am curious about your stories of the North Pole discovery and such. My family has two very rare if not the only photo’s of an expedition, only I do not know which expedition (I believe to be the discovery of the pole).

The back is signed by Robert Peary and I believe William Bartlett. My mother was a citizen of Newfoundland and these were passed to her. Her grandfather was Harold Batten and served under both these men. If you are interested let me know and I will find out more about these pictures. One is of the ship and one is of several men in front of a brick (I believe) pole with the letter N on it. My mother has possession of these pictures and she lives near me here in Louisiana.

Mr. Magoo
Long lost "only surviving photo of brick North Pole" found in Louisiana!

You have the only photos of the discovery of the North Pole? My God! Those have been missing for years. We've been looking all over for them. The History Channel did a documentary on this last year. Those could be worth millions!

Batten? He's the man who went missing the night those photos disappeared. He was never seen alive again. Without those photos Peary was never ever able to prove he reached the Pole and so died a broken man.

A brick pole with an "N"? That was the pole stabilizer Peary engineered to mark his discovery. His teams of dogs had to carry those bricks over the Arctic ocean, some fell through the ice and drowned doing it. That photo is the only proof they reached it, and bricked in the Pole long enough to claim discovery.

What is her address? Would she want to sell the photos?


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From: wayne <>
Subject: Solid evidence proves he didn't make it.

Don't want to burst your trust in Peary and backers
but your web site misses the point.

Peary faked his north pole observations so badly that it seems a joke that believers in him carry this sad legacy.



Maybe all the people on Peary's expedition were faked? Maybe Marvin was a fake?
Maybe Wayne is a fake. How can he prove that Wayne's pictures were taken at the solar altitudes he claims? How do we know Wayne's are even real pictures of the sun? Wayne's data doesn't agree with what one would predict using U.S. Navy refraction tables.

I like the idea that Marvin was a fake and didn't really exist. Everybody made Marvin up, because Peary needed one more supporting party to make his claimed logistic system work. Then they had to invent a grieving mother in Elmira, N.Y. And of course nobody at Cornell wanted to admit that they didn't know Marvin, so it was easy to convince people to erect a monument to him there. Peary secretly got a huge laugh out of going there to present the eulogy.

Borup was going to blow the whistle on the whole deal, so Peary commissioned MacMillan to charter a submarine and upset Borup's boat in the Hudson river and make sure he drowned. This gave MacMillan a chance to leave Borup and his dreaded college slang behind when he went on the Crockerland expedition. MacMillan secretly knew that four years of listening to that in the white north would have left him a babbling bowl of jello.

Bartlett had to keep his mouth shut, or Peary would have spilled the beans about his childhood bed wetting. Goodsell had to keep his mouth shut because he had been collecting payments for phony services under a phony medical insurance plan he enrolled the nonexistent Marvin in. And of course, Henson was afraid to contradict Peary and happy just to be rid of the constant shouts of Hen-SONNN whenever a menial task had to be done.

Yep, that's it.
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Don't want to burst your trust in Peary and backers

Date: Sat, 01 Feb 2003
From: wayne <>
Subject: Solid evidence proves he didn't make it.

Don't want to burst your trust in Peary and backers
but your web site misses the point. Peary faked his north pole observations so badly that it seems a joke that believers in him carry this sad legacy.

Please read :

Read the text completely. Consider looking at 6 degree sun pictures taken in the high Arctic. And find out that 10 arc seconds vertical sun disk compressions as reported by Peary at the Pole in 1909 is impossible!

Quick explanation: The sun disk flattens a great deal near the horizon especially with very cold air. I made a full sweep of sun shots for a year and found that Peary does not even come close. He Should have "dV" vertical diameters something like 30 minutes of arc instead of reporting about 31.9 minutes of arc. Dr Cook
has also strange sun observations, but in his case the sun was flatter.

Cheers, Wayne
Somewhere in the high Arctic

Dear Wayne,

You clearly show the precise size of your blind spot Wayne; Peary knew perfectly well about refraction of the sun at cold temperatures and low altitudes. He took sextant readings in the Arctic over an 18 year period. Did you know that? Don't you think he became expert in his techniques? Pearys markers (cairns) recovered many years later on the Northern tip of Greenland were remarkably accurate in longitude and latitude.

Here, measure the 1909 sun angle yourself, would you? Do you know enough math to know how it is done? You need the focal length of the Kodak camera he used, etc.
There are 2 such photos that show the sun and both can be photographically underexposed to simply resolve the approximate sun position to a point. Peary never thought of them as evidence. Peary never even used them to prove he had been at the Pole. They were discovered in the files of the National Geographic in 1990.

Your remark about "Peary and backers" indicates you have been subjected to propaganda from the Vetter's anti-Peary conspiracy that just as vehemently asserts the colossal fraud Crook miraculously climbed McKinley. And National Geographic's "Peary and backers" are in on the "conspiracy" right?

Peary was selected as an engineer for government service from a national competition. Wayne, would you be picked above all other candidates from a national engineering competition? Not likely, eh? Yet you think a 4-year college educated engineer, who was top of his class (and skilled in calculus and spherical trigonometry) was not as smart as you are Wayne? Think again.

Thanks for writing us!

"Peary and backers"

© 2009 Russell R. Robinson and Dr. Frederick Cook